Canada

Takeaways from the election

May 3, 2011 No Comments »

So here’s what I got out of last night’s election: Majority government: Finally, after years of successive minorities, we have a majority again.  Now maybe the government can actually get out of perpetual campaign mode and start working. This is ... Read More »

Thoughts on the French language debate

April 14, 2011 No Comments »

Okay, I get why we have to have a leaders’ debate in French: Quebec is such a large block of votes that any party ignores it at its peril. But Duceppe owns these debates for two reasons: 1) it’s his ... Read More »

Quick impressions on the English-language debate

April 13, 2011 2 Comments »

My thoughts on last night’s leader debate: Harper seemed robotic, and was apparently talking to someone down and to the right of the camera lens.  While he stayed on message (that the Cons are responsible for the quick recovery of ... Read More »

Human Rights strike again

February 26, 2009 2 Comments »

I’m not sure the article can be explained any simpler than this: Preop transsexual files grievance over request to join women-only gym; owner says he was still thinking about it. Two key quotes: Afroze Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Ontario ... Read More »

Canada

February 8, 2009 1 Comment »

Interesting article on Canada’s relatively good position: http://www.newsweek.com/id/183670?from=rss.  The mortgage interest deductation v. homeowner percentage is notable. Read More »

Canadian coup d’état

December 4, 2008 3 Comments »

So obviously, the big news in politics this week is the possibility that the government of Canada might be defeated on a confidence motion, possibly ushering in the first coalition government in over 90 years.  The fact that 114 Liberal ... Read More »

Not sure who to cheer for…

October 14, 2008 3 Comments »

Yesterday’s game against the Stamps was a debacle, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  Today is Canada’s federal election, and I’m still undecided.  Followers of my blog will know that until recently I voted NDP, but Jack Layton’s position ... Read More »

Canada’s health care system

September 17, 2008 2 Comments »

An interesting article on an controversial report comparing our healthcare system to Western Euoprean models.  According to the study, we spend too much on results that don’t measure up.  More interesting to me (because let’s face it I’m not going to ... Read More »

Write your MP

June 12, 2008 2 Comments »

Do you like recording TV shows you don’t have time to watch when they’re aired?  Do you enjoy only having to buy one copy of your music, and playing it on CD, on your computer and on your MP3 player ... Read More »

A snapshot of Canada

February 26, 2008 No Comments »

StatsCan provides tons of interesting facts and figures annually, and they have just released a report on 2006 (sidenote – would a private organization be able to process figures a little faster? Isn’t StatsCan always about 15 months behind?) Canadians ... Read More »

Making the rounds

January 29, 2008 No Comments »

This one’s going around by e-mail and I thought it’s good enough to share… Because Everyone In Canada Lives In An Igloo. Now that Vancouver has won the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, these are some questions people ... Read More »

Mini review: Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw

January 17, 2008 No Comments »

Will Ferguson’s book Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw is a book for all of us who love stories about quirky episodes in Canadian history. If you’re not one of those people, your should still read this book and then you ... Read More »